Curious why people believe the official line. Based on the evidence, all signs point to him being a spy. He lied to family/friends and his travels/activities give this away. Israel and other nations don't admit their spies are spies. That doesn't mean that they're telling the truth. But only gullible people believe they are.
53-year-old Israeli woman lightly wounded by stone-throwing near Efrat settlement (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel diplomats meet suspected Israeli spy arrested in Egypt